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GOVERNOR PREPARES FOR NEW SEABORNE RAIDING FORCE
Malta’s Governor and C in C is getting ready for the possible arrival of a special company of seaborne raiders soon to be based on the Island (maltagc70 6 Aug 1940). In a message to the War Office today, he has repeated concerns about the provision of naval craft for the seaborne force, as there are no suitable vessels already in Malta. He has also asked for more information on the proposed strength of the company envisaged, pointing out that a small force would have too little effect on enemy strongholds in Sicily or Tripoli. Lt Gen Dobbie suggests that a considerable raiding force in Malta would be able to produce more solid results and be more economical in effort.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 16 AUGUST TO DAWN 17 AUGUST 1940
Weather Fine and warm.
0741-0755 hrs Air raid alert for enemy aircraft which approach the Island but turn back before reaching the coast.
OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 16 AUGUST 1940
AIR HQ 0820 hrs French Latecoere aircraft with French crew dropped 74000 leaflets from very low altitude on Sousse/Monastir, Tunis and Bizerta. No warships or seaplanes visible at Bizerta.
ARMY HQ Battalions notified of code ‘Asia’ ordering them to ‘stand to’ with effect from tonight.
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